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pdm68 Apr 25, 2008 08:03 AM

1st time visitors to italy. 5 year anniversary for my wife and I . I have made reservations for Da' Fiore and Osteria Ale Testiere in Venice ......does anybody have any other recommendations for Venice ?

In Rome I have read some good/bad about Quinzi&Gabrieli ---I'm thinking of trying that unless I hear really bad. I've also been told about Sabatinni's ( spelling ?) ...Il Gabriello,Osteria St Ana ......I'm basically asking for help please !!

Thanks in advance !

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    margiehubbard Apr 25, 2008 10:44 AM

    What area of Rome are you staying in?

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      pdm68 Apr 25, 2008 12:15 PM

      I'm staying near the Termini ....@ Residenza Cellini

      Here is a page fro Ristorante St Ana :

      http://www.ristorantesantanna.it/inde...

    2. lucaromeguide Apr 25, 2008 12:36 PM

      quinzi&Gabrielli it's a very good sea food restaurant,the other I don't think it's that great, tourist place. other good restaurants: Camponeschi piazza Farnese, Dal Toscano via Germanico, Pierluigi via Monserrato,Mirabelle roof restaurant at the Splendid Royal hotel, Bolognese piazza del Popolo, here in Rome we have so many places that you will love to try....I guide tourists around the beutifull areas of the city as well to the good restaurans.....so for sure this is a great place to commemorate you anniversary...CONGRATULATION !!!!

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        pdm68 Apr 25, 2008 07:32 PM

        This is the website for Osteria St Ana :

        http://www.vrway.com/osteria_st_ana/e...

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          pdm68 Apr 25, 2008 07:34 PM

          Here is a review of Osteria St Ana :

          http://www.deliciousitaly.com/ristora...

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        rrems Apr 25, 2008 08:04 PM

        In Venice, my recommendations, at opposite ends of the price spectrum, are Al Covo at the high end and Alla Madonna at the low end. Both are wonderful in their own way.

        1. mbfant Apr 26, 2008 01:01 AM

          In Venice I love Al Covo.

          In Rome, search this board for the many recommendations. I think you can do much better. If you want to spend Q&G prices, go to L'Altro Mastai, AGata e Romeo, Il Convivio, or Il Pagliaccio instead.

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            pdm68 Apr 26, 2008 10:08 AM

            The only one i'm interested in after reading there webpages is " Il Pagliaccio "

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              Joe H Apr 26, 2008 01:13 PM

              Al Covo is very good, especially for absolutely outstanding fritto misto and a very good risotto. Overall, with 15+ years of annual visits Alle Testiere is very plain, 24 seats and one of not just the best in Venice but for seafood, for all of Italy. The Met received a Michelin star a couple of years ago. Michelin's comments about it: "A romantic atmosphere in the restaurant, which offers dishes with a high level of technique and imagination." I would go to the Met instead of Da Fiore; arguably it is the "restaurant of the moment in Venice."

              One last comment: I was in Verona four weeks ago on business. I had dinner one night at the incredibly atmospheric and wildly, personally rustic La Fontinina (which is my favorite restaurant in all of the world: http://www.ristorantelafontanina.com/ ). For the second night I drove 90 km to Venice, parked in the garage and took the Vaporetto to San Marco Square where I walked to Alle Testiere. I have also done the reverse as well as driving to Rubano outside of Padua (35 km) to the three Michelin star Le Calandre which many regard as Italy's best restaurant. The other restaurant generally considered for the title of Italy's best is the three star La Pergola: http://www.cavalieri-hilton.it/new/uk... You MUST reserve at least one month in advance for this literally over the top experience. If you are really serious about food you should not go to Rome without trying to get into it. It's also very expensive, probably E400 for two with wine.

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                pdm68 Apr 26, 2008 03:36 PM

                Al Covo is very good, especially for absolutely outstanding fritto misto and a very good risotto. Overall, with 15+ years of annual visits Alle Testiere is very plain, 24 seats and one of not just the best in Venice but for seafood, for all of Italy. The Met received a Michelin star a couple of years ago. Michelin's comments about it: "A romantic atmosphere in the restaurant, which offers dishes with a high level of technique and imagination." I would go to the Met instead of Da Fiore; arguably it is the "restaurant of the moment in Venice."

                What is "The Met " ...I cannot find any information on this ?

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                  pdm68 Apr 26, 2008 04:20 PM

                  Alla Madonna --- Has anyone eaten here ?

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                    jen kalb Apr 26, 2008 06:52 PM

                    have you tried the search feature yet? there are writeups on a lot of these places on the site both in the Italy Board and International for older posts. Personally, I wouldnt chose a restaurant based on its website - some of the best places barely have one.

                    Here is the website for the Met. http://www.hotelmetropole.com/colazio...

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                      jugl11 Apr 26, 2008 10:35 PM

                      I haven't tried Alla Madonna personally, but my sister has been to Venice many times & she highly recommends it.

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                jugl11 Apr 26, 2008 10:34 PM

                An exciting new place in Venice - Muro Pizza e Cucina (Santa Croce district). It's an offshoot of the established Muro Vino e Cucina. I had gnocchi in crab sauce, cuttlefish, & a fantastic cheesecake.

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